The reviews of monographs published in academic journals are typically written by scholars who are experts in the field. A well written review will put the monograph in its scholarly context. Influential monographs are often widely reviewed after they were published and years later in comparison to new publications. Expect a certain time lag for reviews of books that were just published. Note the number of reviews of a monograph and the journals that published them in order to gauge the impact and reception of a work.
Book Review Digest Plus (EBSCO)
Indexes book reviews published in U.S., Canadian and British periodicals, covering over 7,000 adult and children's books each year. Includes English-language fiction and nonfiction.JSTOR
JSTOR is not comprehensive and lacks some important history journals. It is convenient and easy to use, however, and has a "Review" limit.Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 (EBSCO)
Reviews of older seminal works can be hard to find. The retrospective edition of Book Review Digest
indexes reviews for books published between 1905 and 1982.Book Review Index Online (Gale)
A comprehensive online guide to book reviews with over five million review citations from thousands of publications.America: History and Life (EBSCO)
Reviews of American and Canadian history monographs published in history journals.Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
Reviews of history monographs published in history journals, excluding United States and Canadian history as well as medieval and ancient history.H-Net Reviews
H-Net Reviews are part of the H-Net online academic discussion network.
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